Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 464--466

Hyper vitaminosis D: are we overprescribing vitamin D?


R Hemachandar1, Lokesh Shanmugam2, Balakrishna Malepati2, Suresh Venugopal2 
1 Department of Nephrology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India
2 Department of General Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
R Hemachandar
Department of Nephrology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondy Cuddalore Main Road, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry - 607 402
India

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin is now considered to be a hormone due to its important role in many physiological functions. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with many disorders ranging from bone diseases, cardiovascular diseases to cancer. Hence, there is a recent surge in the empirical prescription of vitamin D for various disorders without documentation of vitamin D deficiency and monitoring the treatment. We report a case of iatrogenic hypercalcemia and acute kidney injury due to vitamin D toxicity after empirical and overzealous use of vitamin D and calcium supplements. We present this case to remind clinicians the importance of monitoring the patients treated with mega doses of vitamin D.


How to cite this article:
Hemachandar R, Shanmugam L, Malepati B, Venugopal S. Hyper vitaminosis D: are we overprescribing vitamin D?.J Family Med Prim Care 2014;3:464-466


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Hemachandar R, Shanmugam L, Malepati B, Venugopal S. Hyper vitaminosis D: are we overprescribing vitamin D?. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Sep 29 ];3:464-466
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